Ahead of global conference, landmine treaty chair reacts to news of growing mine-casualties
Geneva and Vienna, 14 December 2017 - The President of the Convention banning anti-personnel mines has made an appeal to those going counter to international norm, to halt the use of these weapons. H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi, Ambassador of Austria and Head of the Disarmament Department at the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs also called on the Parties of the Convention to condemn new use of these weapons by any actor, everywhere.
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
The joint GICHD-UNDP study explores the links between mine action and the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. It seeks to reflect the current understanding of the contribution and impact that mine action is having on achieving the 2030 Agenda in countries affected by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.
The study also aims to provide guidance to policy and decision makers from mine action organisations, donors and particularly National Mine Action Authorities on how to:
In 2016, GICHD staff visited and supported 57 countries to improve mine action globally and locally.
Read stories in the annual report about how we have supported countries such as Zimbabwe to develop a national mine action strategy; Thailand to conduct a non-technical survey project; and, Ukraine to train operators on the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA).
GICHD and SIPRI release global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2016
Olivier Cottray and Helena Puig Larrauri
Ahead of the 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, SIPRI is pleased to share guest blog posts from partner organizations.
Build Up and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) are two organizations bringing innovation and technology to peacebuilding. We’re excited to start a conversation on two emerging fields: peacetech and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for peace.
Following a two-year feasibility study, The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) last year moved its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program into its operational testing phase, working with The HALO Trust and MAG in Angola to analyse the real-world benefits that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can bring to demining activities.
The 2015 Annual Report covers the essence of the GICHD's work over the past year through its core activities: furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards and developing in-country and national capacity.
It is organised according to the Centre's three strategic objectives as outlined in the 2015-2018 Strategy. Additional sections explain the GICHD's work on International Humanitarian Law, Outreach, and a description of its Resources and Governance.
In 2015, 178 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines (AVMs) in 25 states and territories were recorded by Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). These incidents caused 598 casualties (278 dead and 320 injured) of which 60 per cent were civilians. While AVM casualties were recorded in some post-conflict situations, the vast majority occurred in current conflicts. Mali, Pakistan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen accounted for the highest numbers of casualties.
Le Président Honoraire du Centre International de Déminage Humanitaire de Genève GICHD,
Cornelio Sommaruga, a exprimé son support à la lutte antimines en amont de la Journée Internationale de Sensibilisation au Problème des Mines le 4 avril.
À Genève, cette journée sera marquée par un grand évènement public, organisé par le GICHD, dans le but de faire connaître la lutte antimines et favoriser son soutien. En parallèle, le Centre a lancé une campagne de sensibilisation dans le monde entier sous le hashtag #TogetherAgainstMines.
Every day, landmines claim 10 new victims - let’s put an end to the suffering.
Join us on April 4 for the International Day of Mine Awareness
Launch of international awareness campaign #TogetherAgainstMines
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining GICHD has launched a worldwide awareness campaign under the hashtag #TogetherAgainstMines leading up to the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on April 4, 2016.
Decreasing awareness and funding
On 21 September 2015, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine (PCU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).
This MoU consolidates their partnership that supports the development of Ukraine’s civilian institutional capacities in terms of humanitarian mine action management and coordination.
Increase human security
For the first 6 months of 2015, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recorded 86 accidents related or suspected to be related to anti-vehicle mines (AVM) in 18 countries and territories, resulting in 306 casualties (109 fatalities, 197 injuries) – a sharp increase compared to 2013 data when 212 casualties from 13 countries/territories were reported over 12 months.
The past year was particularly productive for the GICHD: we helped achieve more clarity on the global extent of explosive contamination and strengthened national capacities. We had a positive impact on national mine action programmes and supported wider security and development issues. Finally, with the invaluable support of our governance and partners, we developed our new 2015-2018 Strategy.
We are proud of the work we accomplished and we hope you enjoy reading about it.
The GICHD has already conducted landmines and livelihoods surveys in Yemen, Afghanistan and a Community Safety, Livelihoods and Socio-economic Development in collaboration with Danish Demining Group (DDG) in Somaliland. Based on these experiences, the GICHD implemented a Community Safety, Livelihoods and Socio-economic Development survey in collaboration with DRC/DDG in the Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda in December 2014.
This case study forms part of a broader GICHD study on national capacities and residual contamination and is based on both desk - top research and findings from a GICHD mission to Mali in March 2014. A full list of meetings held during th at mission is available in Annex I.
In light of the 2015 International Women’s Day theme #MakeItHappen on 8 March, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP), and the Small Arms Survey (SAS) are pleased to announce the creation of the Maison de la Paix-based Gender and Diversity Hub with the aim of fostering inclusive peace and security policy, research and practice.
Background to the study
This case study forms part of a broader GICHD study on national capacities and residual contamination and is based on both desk-top research and findings from a GICHD mission to Nepal in April - May 2014. The GICHD hired a national consultant to assist with arranging and attending meetings as well as drafting the case study. The research team met with key stakeholders in Kathmandu and Chitwan Districts. A full list of meetings held during that mission is available in Annex I.